Review: THE MAZE RUNNER by James Dashner

The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1) 
James Dashner
375 pages
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: October 6th 2009
Source: Borrowed from Library
Rating: LOVED

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade—a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.

Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every thirty days a new boy has been delivered in the lift.

Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up—the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers.

Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.

The first in a trilogy, The Maze Runner is a one-of-a-kind must read. Thomas, the main character, wakes up in a dark box. To his surprise, he is hauled out by a bunch of teen boys, and he doesn’t remember anything before the Box, except for his name. Fortunately, none of the others remember anything before the Box either. Naturally curious, Thomas asks as many questions as he can about where he is, and how he got there, but the other boys never answer, they say he has to find out for himself – in time.

He does learn that he now lives in the Glade, which is run by teenage boys, and is surrounded by an everchanging Maze. The Gladers’ goal is to find a way out of The Maze and get revenge on The Creators, who wiped out the Gladers’ memories and sent them there. He also finds out that a new boy is sent up through The Box every month. But a day after Thomas arrives something strange happens: another teen is sent up – a girl.

For some reason, the Glade feels vaguely familiar to Thomas, and he feels that he was sent to find a way out of the that place. The problem is, The Maze can only be searched during the day, because gruesome creatures roam The Maze at night. Worse these creatures – called Grievers – don’t only come out at night anymore…

The first third or so of the book was pretty slow for me, but once I got close to the middle, I just couldn’t put it down! I would definitely recommend The Maze Runner to anyone. And mark my words, you’ll learn some weird language, ‘Greenie’!

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September 5, 2010



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    February 3, 2012

    I won a copy and started to read it but it was too slow for me :( Ill take ur adive and reread it and push through the first 3rd!

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    The Writer in the Background

    March 12, 2013

    I completely agree with you–this book was awesome!